coax


coax
coax [kəuks US kouks] v [T]
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: cokes 'stupid person' (16-17 centuries)]
1.) to persuade someone to do something that they do not want to do by talking to them in a kind, gentle, and patient way
'Please, Vic, come with us,' Nancy coaxed.
coax sb into/out of (doing) sth
We had to coax Alan into going to school.
coax sb to do sth
We watched the bear coax its cubs to enter the water.
coax sb down/out/back etc
Firefighters managed to coax the man down from the roof.
2.) to make something such as a machine do something by dealing with it in a slow, patient, and careful way
coax sth out of/from/into etc sth
He coaxed a fire out of some dry grass and twigs.
The driver coaxed his bus through the snow.
>coaxing n [U]
She needs a bit of gentle coaxing.
>coaxingly adv
coax out of/from [coax sth out of/from sb] phr v
to persuade someone to tell you something or give you something
I managed to coax some money out of Dad.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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